The heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is best known for its association with the Silk Road and the ideas, religions, peoples and conquerors that this brought. For many, Uzbekistan is Central Asia – a land of ancient city-states where rolling steppes give way to endless desert and stories of Amir Timur fill the air. In Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, Uzbekistan is blessed with three of the region's greatest cities, each home to exceptional Islamic architecture with capital Tashkent the gateway to these treasures. Khiva’s walled city is an atmospheric UNESCO protected world heritage site, Bukhara remains Central Asia’s holiest city with over 350 mosques and Samarkand, a name synonymous with the Silk Road, shimmers with spectacular blue-domed mosques, historic madrassas and ancient mausoleums. Pettitts specialises in providing quality, tailor-made holidays and tours to Uzbekistan.